Water is the source of life — but when not properly managed, it can breed disease, create conflict and destroy communities. Around the world, one in nine people does not have access to the clean water they need — that's nearly 800 million people.
Mercy Corps works to increase access to safe water around the world, whether it's bringing relief during droughts or rebuilding wells in remote villages. Our large-scale water infrastructure projects in Jordan and the Democratic Republic of Congo are forging new delivery routes, reducing waste, and bringing clean water directly to 1.25 million people — and counting — who are affected by conflict in those areas.
To complement our water access programs, we also improve sanitation and help people learn proper hygiene to prevent disease; work with families and farmers to implement conservation techniques; and strengthen communities against flooding.
Indonesia: Inviting the rain
In their old villages — before the earthquake and tsunami hit Indonesia's Mentawai Islands last year — people never had trouble getting fresh water. Their homes were always located close to rivers, because they knew that water is of the utmost importance.
Indonesia: Water pump for displaced families on the island of Sipora, Indonesia
The people living in Masokut were very enthusiastic about the installation of a hydraulic pump, which helps getting clean water easier for tsunami-affected families.
Indonesia: Water flows and greens grow
Thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mercy Corps´ hygiene promotion, livelihood, water and sanitation programs are improving living conditions for those living in displacement camps on Indonesia's Mentawai
Nepal: When your man goes to India
The Nepali women we’ve been talking to don’t complain. Or not like I imagine most of us would if we were faced with the hardships they endure — on their own — every day. They live a long way from any services or resources.
Iraq: Addressing water deficiency concerns in Iraq
For years, suffering and tiredness was Amina's lifestyle. In 1994, she and her family were forcibly moved away from their ancestral village of Kuna-Kamtar by the Iraqi army. She was displaced until 2003, when the old Iraqi regime collapsed and her family was able to return home.
Libya: Acting now while planning for Libya's long-term needs
As the crisis in Libya nears the four-month mark, Mercy Corps has stepped up both immediate assistance and long-term support to Libyan families.
Liberia: Delivering clean water to Ivorian refugees in Liberia
Even though the political crisis in Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) ended almost a month ago, a humanitarian catastrophe remains. More than a million Ivoriens fled their homes to escape fierce fighting during the crisis, including at least 135,000 people that escaped into neighboring Liberia.
Colombia: Responding to Colombia's 'worst natural disaster'
Mercy Corps is responding to massive flooding in Colombia that the country's president called "the worst natural disaster that we can remember."
Indonesia: When a basic need becomes a luxury
Liberia: More than 100,000 Ivorian refugees in Liberia
Mercy Corps has deployed emergency staff who have conducted assessments in affected communities and are now focusing on urgent water and sanitation needs.